by Andy Moore on September 12, 2012

Mike Brey and the basketball team will now have to compete in an absolutely loaded conference. And the lacrosse team, which has made seven straight NCAA tournaments, will now be a part of the most stacked conference in the history of the sport. 

The football program will retain its independence, but it'll have to rework its schedule for next year if the school joins directly next year. Right now, the Irish are only scheduled to play Pitt. The school's hockey team will presumably be joining Hockey East, since the ACC does not offer the sport.

In every regard, we're looking at a conference that is definitely not dying, as Forbes infamously said earlier this year. In fact, it may now be the best in the country across all sports. From ESPN:

“We have monitored the changing conference landscape for many months and have concluded that moving to the ACC is the best course of action for us,” said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics, in a statement released by the conference. “We are able to maintain our historic independence in football, join in the ACC's non-BCS bowl package, and provide a new and extremely competitive home for our other sports.”

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